Classical music is thriving in Madison, Wisconsin. We have an excellent symphony orchestra, a good mid-sized opera company, several first-rate chamber-music groups, a fine university music school, a number of highly accomplished resident composers and performers, and regular series of concerts by visiting artists. Not least, Madison-area audiences appreciate and avidly support our growing cultural richness.
From the early 1970s through 2001, I was the classical-music writer (reviews of concerts and other things) for a Madison newspaper called Isthmus. Occasionally I was asked to contribute reviews or other articles to several other publications. This web site, originally called Madison Music Review, exists to make the record of that period more widely available. After being offline for more than a year, I revived the project under a slightly different internet domain name in December, 2004.
I've been an active amateur musician for more than 50 years and gave up professional writing to devote my remaining years to practicing and playing and perhaps staging a few house concerts. However, I'm still very much engaged in the music life of my town, so I may from time to time put new articles here -- not reviews, certainly, but relatively informal comments on the place and the goings-on.
This web site mainly archives concert reviews, news articles, and special features related to Madison musical life that appeared originally in the newspapers Isthmus and Wisconsin State Journal, Madison Magazine and Opera News, as well as articles not published elsewhere. The sources are labeled in each article's end note.
Note: To find references to a particular person (composer or performer), perhaps the quickest method is to use the index, which is comprehensive.
Launched September 22, 2001